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ZOOM is a TV show first created in 1972 by PBS affiliate WGBH in Boston, and which ran until 1978. Here, a cast of ethnically diverse kids called the ZOOMers (who change every season) do various activities requested by viewers who write in during the show, such as games, arts & crafts, poems, and jokes.
In 1999, it was given a revival, which lasted until 2006. In the latter year, it was followed by a spin-off called Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman.
This show contains examples of:
- Broken Glass Penalty: Jennifer (Season 5) parodies this.
- Con Lang: Ubbi Dubbi, which simply involves adding an "ub" sound before each vowel sound (e.g., "ZOOM" becomes "ZubOOM").
- Couch Gag: Various clips of ZOOM guests are inserted into a certain point in the opening credits.
- Dancing Theme
- Expository Theme Tune
- Five-Token Band
- Foot Focus: The ZOOMers were barefoot for the first two seasons, but they started wearing shoes in the third season.
- Late to The Punchline: Give the name Fannee Doolee a closer look.
- Limited Wardrobe: The original cast wore uniforms. Everyone in the revival gets their own outfit.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The fourth season had ten kids. This was cut down to seven in the revival.
- One I Prepared Earlier: During the cooking segments.
- Running Gag: A number of kids have their own.
- Spelling Song: F, A, double-N double-E, D double-O L double-E!
- Stock Footage: Fannee Doolee and The Z-Mail song.
- Theme Tune Roll Call: In the opening and closing credits.
- Title Theme Tune
The revival contains examples of:
- Big Word Shout: By season 2, PBS shows were required to add "thank you" to the end of their funding credits. Zoom was happy to oblige.
Kids: (Holding up a sign) THANKS!
- Bilingual Bonus: Sometimes Pablo would give submission instructions in Spanish.
- Bottle Episode: "The Making of Zoom" and "How we Became Zoomers".
- Brand X: Brand names are covered up with brightly colored labels. Sometimes Bland Names are used such as Mozo brand fruit, with the label mimicking the Dole Food Company's logo and trade dress.
- Calvin Ball: Games like Crab Soccer.
- Character Focus: The "Zoom Out" and "Zoom In On" segments in the last two seasons show us what the kids do outside of Zoom.
- Fun with Subtitles: The closed captions not only subtitle the Ubbi Dubbi, but write the sound effect descriptions in Ubbi Dubbi, too!
- Ha Ha Ha No: Usually done in Ubbi Dubbi.
- Large Ham: Jared and Pablo in season 1, among others.
- Lock and Load Montage: The first two seasons of the revival use this in the opening credits.
- Logo Joke: A number of intertitles, the baseball mentioned below, and a giant logo that doesn't always have its letters in the right order.
- One Head Taller: Jared, to David. Emily is one head shorter than her fellow cast members.
- Rearrange the Song
- Sequel Episode: Applied to ZoomSci segments.
- Shout-Out: A few later seasons showed old clips from the 1970s, including one ZOOMer teaching viewers how to do Bernadette's "arm spin".
- In The Making of Zoom from the first season, everyone is seen dancing to "Stop" by the Spice Girls in the Zoom Zone as part of a dance contest held by Zoe to celebrate taping all ten episodes.
- The kids from the last season are camping out as part of their overnight training retreat. They decide to sing the theme song from Arthur around their campfire. WGBH produces both shows.
- Smash Cut: The Season 5 intro has the kids playing a game of baseball. It flies out of the park and intro the studio, where it is caught.
- Story Arc: The Season 7 team participated in a Lego League competition. The entire experience, including training, was recorded and given a recurring segment. This was probably the genesis of Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman.
- Very Special Episode: The Zoom Chat segments, America's Kids Respond, and America's Kids Remember.